Saturday, October 20, 2007

Age- and weather-worn memories

You've got that one place that brings back warm memories from your youth. That place that has a special grab that you can't explain. A place that flows over with left behind feelings. That is the lagoon at City Park for me.

It's a magical place where we spent many summer days and weekends in paddle boats, canoes and just wandering along the shore. The ducks and geese would swim around, staying away from the reckless boaters.

We made way more noise that one ought to in such a subtle but lush place. It was youth in all its exhuberance. Energy that just burst out and had to be spent.

There were the few canoe fights and few kids ended up taking the dunk. This was long before life jackets became de riguer.

The place looks a little more weather worn these days. It didn't just weather the storm of age -- Katrina tried her best to rough it up.

Note, though, the fresh coat of bright red paint on the boat house.

I didn't see the boats running the day I shot this. I saw a few ducks, but if the geese were around, they were in another part of the lagoon.

It would be easy for a groundskeeper here to think he was just maintaining a scenic waterway in a city park. An astute groundskeeper would know he was protecting the memories and treasured youths of thousands.

Some other places on City Daily Photo blogs today that look like they may be treasure stores of youthful memories:

Disney MGM Studios -- Greetings from Orlando Florida
Tous les petits enfants, aiment jouer dans des fontaines à Adelaïde -- Adelaide Daily Photo
Deep Forest -- Minneapolis Daily Photo
Fishing-- Sydney Daily Photo

And don't forget to stop in at my other blog today : Pixel Eyed -- here's a hint of what you'll see

--steve buser


Marie said...

Très belle photo! It's peaceful, more peaceful than in your "former" days :-)

Wanda said...

Well Steve, you just took me on a wonderful trip to your childhood. Love the fresh ooat of red paint!

Chuckeroon said...

...a charming post, Steve. Good to read, good to see.

My "old haunt" was an abandoned anti-aircraft post on the coast. Magical moments exploring th dugouts and looking out to the sea and sky.

Kerry-Anne said...

What a great post! You're so right about those special places that captured our hearts when we were young... I guess we all have them.

Thanks for the good luck wishes for tonight's rugby game - no, it hasn't happened yet. We're leaving shortly to go and watch it - game starts at 9pm local time - and we'll be sure to post the result on our blog tomorrow! :)

The long, long road home,New Orleans said...

This photo has great composition. That burst of red amongst shades of green

Rambling Round said...

What wonderful memories...your love for NO and Louisiana is so evident in your photos and writings.

Moi said...

I will have to cross oceans to go to such a place from my childhood :( Aren't you lucky Steve!!!! :)

and though I am not much of a red person..i totally love that gorgeous red amidst all that green ......and when u have a red so close to water ..the reflection is equally precious :)

Annie said...

Remembering how you used to play in and around the water without life jackets (and probably without adult supervision) . . . did you wonder how you got to be the age you are today? I sometimes marvel at my own lucky stars.

Scott said...

WOW! That is an outstanding shot!

Thank you for the mention, too!

Chris said...

Lovely photo and wonderful post, Steve!

lv2scpbk said...

That red building sure does stand out. A wonderful photo.

Andrée said...

"left behind feelings" is the perfect expression for what you create here. You write so well. I have to check out those links, thank you.

Curly said...

Great shot Steve, is it a boat house?

• Eliane • said...

This is very nice Steve. Love the little red house and the lush vegetation.

Chris & Deb said...

Thanks so much for the link! This photo is so cool-that red reflection is incredible.
Nice Job!!